Category Archives: China

China’s nationwide pollution readings rose 5 percent in January-February – ministry

China’s average concentrations of lung-damaging small particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 percent in the first two months of the year, the country’s environment ministry said on Thursday, casting doubt over its ability to meet winter targets. The nation’s … Continue reading

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Air pollution raises diabetes risk in China: study

Long-term exposure to harmful smog particles increases the risk of diabetes, a new study in China has shown, providing evidence for a link between the country’s air pollution and the disease. China is facing the largest diabetes problem in the … Continue reading

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Study finds that severe air pollution affects the productivity of workers

Economists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have completed an extensive study revealing that exposure to air pollution over several weeks is not just unhealthy, it can also reduce employee productivity.   Associate Professor Alberto Salvo from the Department … Continue reading

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China’s war on particulate air pollution is causing more severe ozone pollution

PM 2.5 pollution is falling but ground-level ozone pollution is on the rise In early 2013, the Chinese government declared a war on air pollution and began instituting stringent policies to regulate the emissions of fine particulate matter, a pollutant … Continue reading

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South Korea smothered in Chinese air pollution

South Korea issued Tuesday dust advisories in some parts of the country as microdust particles and yellow dust blow in from China. The Korea Meteorological Administration said the concentration level of fine dust particles, categorized as PM 10, is recorded … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to autism

The study of children in Shanghai, from birth to three years, found that exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) from vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions and other sources of outdoor pollution increased the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by up … Continue reading

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Beijing turns nose up at perfumes in war on smog

Hair gel and perfumes have become the latest targets in China’s war on smog. Scientists and researchers claim that “daily life emissions” from household items containing volatile organic compounds, including air fresheners and kitchen cleaners, are to blame for 12 … Continue reading

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China includes more cities in air pollution rankings to pressure local officials

China extended monthly air quality rankings to 169 cities from 74, including in the high-pollution region of Shanxi-Shaanxi in the country’s northwest, adding pressure on local authorities as it intensifies its campaign against air pollution. Cities in the Fenwei plains … Continue reading

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